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Walls Sparks Tankers as Sprinter, Captain James Likely toRepl

ice Dufek


A good-looking, sandy-haired
boy dove off the starting blockj
and swam a few lengths of theF
pool. His name, Rich Walls. Po-
sition: Michigan tanker captain.1
This is the boy who, at 12,
joined the .Phillips Petroleum*Co.
swim team of Bartlesville, Okla-
homa and began to win races.'
Rich started as a butterflyer, and
switched to backstroke when he1
was 14. It wasn't until high school
that he found his niche .as a,
sprinter-but he found it quickly.
As a freshman he dropped two
races and these were the only
losses of his high school career.
He took state championships hon-
ors for the 100- and 200-yard
freestyle twice and three times'
Big Ten Luring7
When he was a senior, the AAU's
were held in Bartlesville and Rich
got his first look at Coach Gus
Stager. The lure of a Big Ten
school plus Stager's reputation as
a coach who produces swimmers'

convinced him to come to Michi-
In his own estimation, Rich
Walls came to Michigan as only
a "fair" swimmer. The first thing
Stager did with him was change
his stroke. "Gus taught me to keep
my head down and only kick two
or four beats to a stroke instead
of the normal six or eight. I swam
a tight race and this helped me
loosen up." -
Another blessing was Bill Far-'
ley. "For the first time," says
Rich, "I had someone to swim
with and this really helped me."
Proof of this came as a sopho-
more, in the form of 100- and
200-yard freestyle records in the
Big Ten.
The glory didn't last, however,'
and in his junior year Walls did
not start looking good until mid-
season, mainly because he was
not used to swimming 500-yard
events. But, he said, "It -really
helped me in the long run because
I built up my overall strength
and when I went back to shorter
events, I found I did a lot better."
Walls is also a fourth of the

record-holding 800-yard freestyle
relay team and anchor man for
the 400-yard medley relay, which
drew the fastest time in the coun-
try this season.
What is his swimming philos-
ophy? It 'varies with the distance.
"In' a 50-yard sprint I just put
my head down and go, and in a
100-yarder I -start off a little
slower than most; but in a 200-
yard race I usually try to get
away a little faster and get ahead.
The problem is that if I sfart too
fast I tie up and then it's harder
to settle down and swim."
Team Philosophy
As for the team, the general
philosophy for the dual meets is
just to do as well as- possible. This
has been all the impetus the team
has needed so far, but for the
Indiana meet this weekend, a little
more fire up is necessary. Consider
that the Hoosiers have never been
beaten in their home pool and,
you know why. '
Last summer Rich was plagued
with a tonsilectomy and ear in-
fection, a combination which
served to estrange him from water

for a good part of the summer. As
a result, he "came back in the
worst shape I had ever been in.
Even Gus could beat me in 400
yards." But he recovered enough
to earn praise from Stager as "a
tough swimmer-and by that I
mean one who can swim events
close together without getting
Earns Respect of Squad
As team captain, Rich sees him-
self as a mediator between the
coach and the team. Evidently he
has succeeded because as Stager
says, "the team attitude reflects
the job he is doing and team at-
titude is a lot better this year. A
good captain also makes a coach's
job easier and Walls has certainly
done that. He may not feel like
the most popular guy at times
but he is respected by thegteam."
Walls has two main goals be-
fore he finishes his swimming
career in April. First, he wants to
beat Indiana in its home pool and
second, he wants to place in the
NCAA's and the AAU's. As he puts
it, "this year is our best chance
for collegiate honors...

But though the swimming team
will miss him next year, he may
still be on campus, this time as
a law student. That is, unless the
Marines get him-and Oklahoma
has problems filling its draft

Don James, 34-year-old assis-
tant coach at Florida State Uni-
versity for the past seven years, is
likelyto be named to the Michigan
football coaching staff when the
Board of Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics meets on Friday.
"Of course, it will not be of-
ficial until Friday," James com-
mented via phone from Talla-
hasse, "but they (University of
Michigan) have offered me the job
and I have accepted." The ap-
pointment of James as an assis-
tant coach will fill part of the
gap created when defensive coach'
Bob Hollway and defensive back-
field coach Don Dufek resigned
last month to enter private busi-
ness. Dufek's resignation followed
shortly after Hollway's announce-
When asked about his duties,
James answered: "I Nyill be work-
ing with the defensive backfield
much the same as my job at'
Florida State where I was defen-
sive coach. The type of defense
that will be used next year is, of
course, up to Coach Elliott."
Although James has been coach-
ing in the South for the past few
years, he is no stranger to foot-
ball in this part of the country.
He played his high school football
in Massilon, Ohio, the perennial

hotbed of prep football, and quar-
terbacked the Tigers to a state
championship in 1949. His high
school mentor was Chuck Mather,
currently an assistant coach un-
der George Halas for the Chicago
James first went South when he
again assumed quarterbacking
chores for the Hurricanes of
Miami of Florida, playing under
the tutelege of Andy Gustafson
and setting five passing records.
Upon graduation, he went; into
service for two years before ini-
tiating his coaching career.
He was first named to an as-
sistant coaching position at the
University of Kansas and also
received his Master's' degree in
educational psychology. The next
year he was named head coach
at Southwest High School in
Miami, Florida and, then, in 1959
he assumed the defensive coaching
chores at Florida State.
'Not as Famous'
'.I suppose I'm not quite as
famous as my brother," James
added wryly referring to brother
Tommy who starred for Mather
also at Massilon and later played
defensive back for the professional
Cleveland Browns.
At Florida State James' defen-
sive charges were consistently rat-
ed high and the 1964 Gators, win-

ner in the Gator Bowl over Okla-
homa, were fifth in the nation in
total defense, third in rushing
James had only glowing words
to say about Big Ten football:
"It's been a ticklish situation down
here at Florida State because I've
always had a favoritism for the
Big Ten. I think that if you took
Alabama, and I know how tough
they are because we played them
this year, and had them play
Michigan's schedule, they wouldn't
have had as much success. I think
that the NFL bears me out on this
point. They have drafted more
from the Big Ten than any other
Old Friend
James is an old friend of Mich-
igan's offensive line coach Tony




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By The Associated Press3
CHICAGO-The Chicago Black
Hawks took over sole possessionI
of first place in the National
Hockey League last night by edg-
ing the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on,
Chico Maki's third period goal.
The victory gave the Hawks twot
points ahead-of the Wings and the X
idle Montreal Canadiens. Chicago 1
now has beaten Detroit eight
times and tied the Wings once in
10 meetings.
The game featured a couple of
slugging matches, both involving1
Detroit defenseman Gary Berg-
The Wing rear guard squared1
off with Kenny Wharram at 6:45
of the second period and drew
minors for roughing and fight-
ing, while Wharram was given
only two minutes for roughing.
Then, at 11:43 of the middle:
frame, Bergman and Bobby Hull
exchangedseveral punches near
the Hawks' goal, and both were
given five-minute majors for fight-
Wharram opened the scoring at
10:50 of the first period when he1
looped a shot over Wing goalie
Roger Crozier's shoulder from 20
Gordie Howe's 21st goal of the
year pulled the Wings even at'
13:28, his shot bouncing past goal-
ie Glenn Hall after hitting Hawk!
defenseman Pat Stapleton.I
Maki scored the winner at 4:07
of the final period, fielding Sta-1
pleton's pass at the Wing blue
line and breaking past the Detroit!
defense before firing a 15-footer1
past Crozier's shoulder.
Leafs Win
TORONTO - Terry Sawchuk,
the National Hockey League's rec -
ord holder, chalked up his 98ths
career shutout last night as the
Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the1
New York Rangers 3-0.t
It was the first shutout, this c

year for the 36-year-old veteran
who is playing in his 16th NHL
season. In his last start against
the Rangers 10 days ago, Sawchuk
gave up eight goals.
But he was in complete control
last night. He battled New York
goalie Ed Giacomin on even
terms through a scoreless first
period. Then Bobby Pulford gave
him working room with his 21st
goal of the season in the middle
The Leafs fattened their margin
in the third' period with Dave
Keon and Ron Ellis clicking inside
of 70 seconds. Keon beat Giaco-
min on passes from Frank Mahov-
lich and Allan Stanley at 7:43 and
Cllis whipped passes from Brit
Selby and Wally Boyer home
at 8:53.
Pistons Dropped
DETROIT - Paced by Wilt
Chamberlain's 30 points, the Phil-
adelphia 76ers rolled over the De-
troit Pistons 108-91 last night in
a National Basketball Association
A 10-1 scoring spree late in the
first period shot Philadelphia in-
to a lead it never relinquished
against the fading Pistons, who
went down to their 41st defeat
against only 18 victories.
Hal Greer and Lucious Jackson
paced the 76ers' early breakout
with four baskets in the second
period to lift Philadelphia to a
58-42 halftime command.
With Ray Scott dropping in
three baskets and two free throws,
the Pistons cut the 76ers' lead to
69-63 with four minutes remain-
ing in the third period. Philadel-
phia then cut loose again and
with Chamberlain adding two
more baskets the 76ers built up
a 79-67 edge after three quarters.
Chamberlain finished with 30
points to move wtihin 98 points of
tying Bob Pettit's all time NBA
career scoring record of 20,880.


Greer added 27 while Ray Scott
topped the Pistons with 26.
* * *
Knicks Bumped
BOSTON-Mel Counts came off
the bench twice to rally Boston
and the Celtics snapped the New
York Knicks' four-game winning
streak with a 121-117 National
Basketball Association victory last
night at the Garden.
The seven-foot Counts scored 18
points and grabbed nine rebounds
in only 16 minutes of action.
Counts was called upon the first
time in the opening period with
the Knicks leading 31-19. The Cel-
tics immediately ran 12 straight
points to tie the count and then
wentahead 43-41. Counts scored
eight points in the surge, and
Boston took the cue in pulling
away to a 58-54 halftime lead.
In the final period, with New
York threatening, Counts came off
the bench nad scored six straight
points to boost the Celtics to a
108-99 lead.
Bullets Nipped
BALTIMORE-Jerry West scor-
ed the tying basket in regulation
play and then led the Los An-
geles Lakers to a 123-116 overtime
National Basketball Association'
victory over the Baltimore Bullets
last night.
West scored four of his 39
points in the five-minute extra
The victory extended Los An-
geles' Western Division lead to six
games over San Francisco and
dropped Baltimore into third
place, 6% games behind.
The Bullets led 54-43 near the
end of the first half, fell behind
96-86 early in the fin.al period,'
and then rallied behind little
Johnny Egan to go ahead 110-107
with 1:46 remaining.
A free throw by Leroy Ellis and
a basket by West tied the score
at 10-10 with 32 seconds left.
Egan sank two foul shots to put
Baltimore on top again, but West
knotted it at 112-112 with 12 sec-
onds to play in regulation time,
Notre Dame 84, Butler 61
St. Joseph's (Pa) 110, Seton Hall 64
Miami (Ohio) 70, Ohio Univ. 55
Maryland 74, Navy 69
New York Univ. 83, No. Carolina 78
Adrian 84, Albian 81
Toledo 74, Western Michigan 68
Central Michigan 90, Ferris State 71
Aquinas 94, Hope 91


Mason, who hails from Niles Mc-
Kinley in Ohio, and probably came
to the Blue on Mason's recom-
mendation. First impression also
must count, because James had
only met head coach Bump El-
liott. once at the Florida High
School All-Star Game last year.
James plans to journey north-
ward next Tuesday and meet with
Elliott' and assistant coach Jocko
Nelson in Cincinnati, where they
will touch, off some recruiting in
the western part of Ohio, long-
time recruiting beat for James at
Florida State. Then, Michigan will
welcome its newest coach in Ann
Arbor a week from today.
Top Rate d,"'
is the nation's top-ranked swim-
ming team and Indiana close be-
hind in ratings released yesterday
by Swimming 'World magazine.
The two best performances of
the season in each event:
400-yard medley relay: Indiana,
3:36.1; Michigan, 3:36.2.
200-yard freestyle: Mike Fitz-
maurice, Villanova, 1:46.3; James
MacMillan, Michigan State, and
Bill Utley, Indiana, 1:46.5.
50-yard freestyle-Steve Rerych,
North Carolina . State, 21.4; Phil
Denkevitz, Maryland; Tom Dio-
guardi, Florida, and Bill Groft,
Michigan, 21.6.
200-yard individual medley
Bill Utley, Indiana, 2:00.5; Ralph
Kendrick, Indiana, 2:00.9.
200-yard butterfly-Carl Robie,
Michigan, 1:55.6; Kevin Berry, Inl-
diana, 1:55.9.
100-yard freestyle - Steve Re-
rych, North Carolina State, 47.3;
Phil Denkevitz, Maryland, 47.5.
200-yard backstroke-Gary Dil-
ley, Michigan State, 1:57.0; Glen
Hammer, Indiana, 1:57.6.
500-yard freestyle-Ken Walsh,
Michigan State, 4:52.3; Tim Bir-
nie, Southern Methodist, 4:55.1.
200-yard breaststroke Mike
Buckley, Yale, 2:12.9; Paul Scheer-
er, Michigan, 2:14.5.
400-yard freestyle relay-Michi-
gan and Michigan State, 3:12.5;
Maryland, 3:13.8.




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